Far-left Center for American Progress plays powerful role in Biden admin staffing, policymaking
- September 15, 2022
Thomas Catenacci and Joe Schoffstall, Fox News
FIRST ON FOX: The Center for American Progress (CAP), a leading progressive think tank, has a large influence on federal policymaking with many of its former employees flocking to high-level administration roles.
The think tank’s extensive influence in the Biden administration was on particular display in an April 2021 email exchange between Christy Goldfuss, CAP’s senior vice president for energy and environment policy, and Jesse Young, a senior State Department adviser.
In the correspondence, which was obtained via record request by watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) and shared with Fox News Digital, Goldfuss explained that she was late in responding to emails because CAP’s staff had been depleted by the administration.
“As Protect the Public’s Trust has discovered from tracking ethics waivers granted to political appointees, the revolving door connecting lobbying firms and activist organizations with powerful posts in federal agencies in the Biden Administration is spinning furiously,” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain told Fox News Digital.
“This has happened to such an extent that the organizations themselves are commenting, although facetiously, about losing all their good people,” he continued. “Considering a number of incidents PPT has uncovered in which appointees have appeared to cross the line between their advocacy and their public service, it’s almost enough to make the public wonder who is really calling the shots.”